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The Chief Marshal
The Class Marshals
Candidate for The Masters Degree
Candidates for The Baccalaureate Degree
Instructors of The College
Assistant Professors of The College
Associate Professors of The College
Professors of The College
The Graduate Faculty
The Presidential Party
The Significance of The Academic Mace
Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savannah State College
Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, and magistehum
vested in the College. The mace is a club-shaped staff which originated in the Middle Ages as a weapon.
Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed most often by legislative forums
and academic enterprises.
The official mace of Savannah State College was designed and made from mahogany wood by Dr.
Ernest S. Brown, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Technology. Dr. Lester B. Johnson, Head of
the Department of Engineering Technology, designed and built the Mace Stand.
The College motto is "Lux Et Veritas" ("Light and Truth")
(Pruer of Exercises
PRELUDE: "Joy "from Cantata #147 Johann Sebastian Bach
Willie G. Tucker, Organist
♦ACADEMIC PROCESSION: 'War March of the Priests" Felix Mendelssohn
Willie G. Tucker
**INVOCATION The Reverend James M. Capers, Pastor
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
SELECTION: "Ride On King Jesus" Arrangement by Hall Johnson
Juanita Tucker, Guest Soloist
INTRODUCTION OF SPEAKER: Wendell G. Rayburn
President, Savannah State College
COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Margaret C. Robinson
Dean, School of Sciences and Technology
Savannah State College
SELECTION: "Climb Every Mountain" Rogers and Hammerstein, II
John Wilhite, Guest Soloist
PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATE FOR GRADUATE DEGREE Edward J. Hayes
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Assisted by Alvin Collins, Acting Registrar
PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES:
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Dean Leo G. Parrish
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Dean Ja Arthur Jahannes
SCHOOL OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY Lester B. Johnson
CONFERRING OF BACCALAUREATE DEGREES Wendell G. Rayburn
Assisted by the Academic Deans and Acting Registrar
ALUMNI INDUCTION Roy L. Jackson, President
Savannah State College National Alumni Association
PRESENTATION OF N.R.O.T.C.
CANDIDATE FOR COMMISSION Commander John Slaven
Commanding Officer, Savannah State College N.R.O.T.C.
ADMINISTERING THE OATH OF OFFICE Commander John Slaven
PRAYER FOR THE NEW OFFICER
"Veni Sancte Spiritus" The Reverend Samuel A. Williams
Savannah State College Minister
Pastor, Christ Memorial Baptist Church
SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE HYMN
BENEDICTION The Reverend Samuel A. Williams
***RECESSIONAL: "Pomp and Circumstance" Sir Edward Elgar
Willie G. Tucker, Organist
♦The audience is requested to remain seated
♦♦The audience is requested to stand
♦♦♦The audience is requested to remain seated until the procession has exited
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MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Days, Ronald Jerome Undergraduate Degree, Morehouse College
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SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Hancock, Raymond John III Savannah, Georgia
Lucear, Cynthia Renee Atlanta, Georgia
Vann, Kenneth O. R Columbus, Georgia
Worku, Demissie Addisababa, Ethiopia
General Business Administration
Dixon, Ruth Yvonne Sardis, Georgia
Earls, Lisa Denise Gainesville, Georgia
Godboldte, James Ulysses Titusville, Florida
Grant, Marie Portal, Georgia
Kessler, Michael Dewayne Garden City, Georgia
Lee, Collinda Joan Milledgeville, Georgia
Mitchell, Columbus Albany, Georgia
Sanders, Eleanor Loraine Thomasville, Georgia
Shellhamer, Edward Wesley Savannah, Georgia
Johnson, Finley Wilson Jr Savannah, Georgia
Barnes, Sonja Alston Savannah, Georgia
Edwards, Terry Savannah, Georgia
Howard, Janice Marie Savannah, Georgia
Ponder, Brenda Elizabeth Savannah, Georgia
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Allen, Vara Denise Wadley, Georgia
Blake, Kimberly Michelle Savannah, Georgia
Lett, Diane Blakely, Georgia
McGlockton, Darian Teressa Dublin, Georgia
Prescott, Sylathea Renea Savannah, Georgia
Andrews, Annie Belle Fleming, Georgia
Driver, Annie Bell M Griffin, Georgia
Duncan, Gloria Denise Hinesville, Georgia
Hull, Valarie Denise Augusta, Georgia
Jackson, Karen Savannah, Georgia
Welcome, Mary Letrelle Savannah, Georgia
Evans, Deborah Michelle Zebulon, Georgia
Kemp, Everett Savannah, Georgia
Middleton, Deborah Frances Savannah, Georgia
Powell, Mary Alice Beaufort, South Carolina
Harris, Albert Charles Savannah, Georgia
Renfroe, Pamela S Decatur, Georgia
Robinson, Shirley Mae Savannah, Georgia
SCHOOL OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
Emabo, Sunday Joseph Alaglanu-Otukpo, Nigeria
Gregory, Jimmy L Millen, Georgia
Heath, Gregory Charles Savannah, Georgia
Jones, DoRetha A Savannah, Georgia
Polite, Sheila Geneva Fennell Savannah, Georgia
Merritt, Brenda Parks McRae, Georgia
Johnson, Heidi Alethia Princess Savannah, Georgia
Phillips, Dorothy L Savannah, Georgia
Wallace- Roland Bernard Savannah, Georgia
Wilson, Rachel J. Fields Savannah, Georgia
Manigault, Donna Marie Savannah, Georgia
Electronics Engineering Technology
*Al-Otaibi, Dawi Mohammad Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Al-Shaye, Saleh Abdulah Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Al-Suwaidi, Thani B Dammam, Saudi Arabia
*A1-Zahrani, Ali Ahmed Odah Dammam, Saudi Arabia
**Cheng, Siuling Canton, China
Coney, David Stanley Savannah, Georgia
Day, Drake Anthony Augusta, Georgia
Heard, Carl J Elberton, Georgia
Horton, Cynthia L Savannah, Georgia
Jackson, Tony Mays Camilla, Georgia
Johnson, Marvin Vane Savannah, Georgia
Electronics Engineering Technology
Troup, James Glenwood, Georgia
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Izaddoost, Shahin Tehran, Iran
Shambayati, Iraj Tehran, Iran
Toma, Rami Tehran, Iran
Textiles and Clothing
King, Jocelyn Denise Savannah, Georgia
Appearance of a name of any list in this program must not be considered as conclusive evidence of
graduation. Persons who have met all requirements for a particular degree and whose names appear on
the lists in this program will receive the degree indicated.
!In Absentia **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude
August 22, 1983
MAGNA CUM LAUDE
Dawi Mohammad Al-Otaibi
Ali Ahmed Odah Al-Zahrani
SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE HYMN
Let us give thanks and praise to Thee,
To our Alma Mater, S.S.C.
Thine honor, pride, and eminence,
We raise in prayerful reverence.
Guide us still from day to day,
Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way;
Help us know that life, short or long,
Means unceasing work for weak and strong.
Where Savannah meets the sea,
Where grassy plains and palms abound,
Where the flow 'rs are gems of loveliness,
There S. S. C. is found.
We adore each beauteous scene and hall,
Our all we pledge to Thee!
In our hearts we '11 build a shrine for Thee.
We hail Thee, S.S.C.
— J. Randolph Fisher
1983 Fall Quarter
.... Freshmen, September 19
Upper classmen, September 23
Modern academic dress has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval Universities
to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore robes or gowns.
When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of academic apparel a
half century ago it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might follow. Accordingly, this
attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now differing according to the
degree the wearer has received.
The modern cap, in academic dress has the same design for all degrees; black and square-shaped with a
tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates the field of study
for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by presidents of colleges and
universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all degrees.
The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred on the
wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. The
gown for the master's degree, worn open or closed has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like the others.
The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut and
the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or closed, has long sleeves faced with
velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings of the doctor's gown may be black or
the color associated with the field of study.
The hood, while not an article of dress, is, however, the most distinctive feature of the academic attire.
It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down the back. It enables
one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the college or university from
which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and shape of the hood make this
distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and a half feet in length,
respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide panel. Hoods may be worn
for only those degrees actually held by the wearers.
Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their degrees may
be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only those of degrees
actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution.
In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer to wear a
costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university.
The chief marshall may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution.
For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of
caps, the color associated with different subjects are prescribed by the revised American Intercollegiate
Code is as follows:
Arts, Letters, Humanities White
Education Light Blue
Library Science Lemon
Oratory — (Speech) Silver Gray
Philosophy Dark Blue
Physical Education Sage Green
Science Golden Yellow
At Savannah State College, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue background to
represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater.